Chapter One, Lesson Two
LEARNING TO SERVE Page
V. 5 (cont'd.)
To help us answer this question, let's take a closer look at what the
Bible says about hope!
Colossians 1:5 and 12 "laid up...in heaven" and "the
inheritance of the saints in light".
1Peter 1:4 "to obtain an inheritance... reserved in heaven for
Hebrews 6:17-19 "This hope we have as an anchor of the soul..."
Titus 2:13 "looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of
the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus..."
Hope then, from a Biblical perspective, is the very foundation of
the Christian life. It is based upon the absolute certainty of what
will come to pass regarding our eternal security, because of the promise
of God in Christ Jesus. cf. Hebrews 11:1
This is far removed from the hopelessness of the world around us
that would say, "I hope I win the lottery"!
Now, answering our original question, it would appear that Paul is
saying that the Colossians have both faith and love "because of"
the hope that has been laid up for them in Heaven. Or, to put it another
way, the only reason they have a hope laid up for them in Heaven, is
because of their genuine salvation which bears the fruit of faith and
In any case, Paul and his companions were indeed thankful to God for
this miraculous work of grace.
** Still here in verse five, what was used to bring this great hope to
the lives of the Colossians?
The "gospel", "the word of truth"!
** Does the Bible say what the gospel is, or is that just a new term
of contemporary Christianity?
1Corinthians 15:1-4 - Paul presents the gospel
Matthew 4:23 - Jesus proclaimed the gospel
Mark 16:15 - We proclaim the gospel
Philippians 1:27 - We strive for the gospel
2Timothy 1:8 - We suffer for the gospel
Romans 1:16 - We are not ashamed of the gospel
All of this because it is "the word of truth"!
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